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Show them the $$$
June 26, 2012 - Mike Mathison
It's a done deal.
College presidents got together and decided a 4-team playoff is "just right" to change the landscape of college football, as put forth by the BCS commissioners. And, that landscape will change in 2014.
Apparently, it will be 1 v 4 and 2 v 3 on Dec. 31 and Jan. 1. Those games will be rotated betwenn the Rose, Fiesta, Orange and Sugar Bowls (the current four BCS Bowls) and two placed yet to be determined.
Let's take a look at those in the running.
I say put Jerry's Place outside of Dallas as one of the spots. He wants the attention.
The 6 top college stadiums capacity-wise are: Michigan, Penn State, Tennessee, Ohio State, Alabama and Texas. Weather will play a huge role in the selection because no one (except the NFL with the Super Bowl in New York soon) even wants to contemplate a national championship semifinal game played in the snow. That puts Texas at the top of the list.
But, you can count out Texas and the Cotton Bowl because Jerry's Place is already in the mix and another site will not be in the backyard.
The Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum is also big enough, but it is also out because of the proximity to the Rose Bowl.
So, where will the sixth spot be?
It will be an interesting choice.
Now, the national championship game, scheduled to be played the first Monday in January that is six or more days after the two national semifinals, will be put to bid just like the Super Bowl.
Rod Tingler or Jerry Maguire anybody -- from the NCAA Presidents -- SHOW ME THE MONEY!!! You understand this means the usual suspects who are bidding for a Super Bowl are going to be the same people bidding for a National Championship game.
I still say, though, the 4-team playoff will stay around until Notre Dame or USC or Alabama or Ohio State or LSU or Michigan finishes fifth in the voting. Then, times will change some more.
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